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to petraeus biographer paula broadwell and found explicit e-mails from broadwell to petraeus. as brian mooar explains, investigators do not believe the former fbi director broke the law. >> reporter: david petraeus has washington asking how and why? the woman suddenly in the spotlight, author paula broadwell isn't saying. back in january she was promoting her book of the general. >> absolutely loves the agency, and the i think it's a great place for him. >> reporter: while the west point graduate and army reserve officer had close access to the cia director. federal agents investigating whether she had access to e-mails or his computer. >> the fbi's investigation took place on computers there did not necessarily -- was not necessarily focused on him. information by accident. >> reporter: law enforcement and multiple sources tell nbc news that e-mails between general petraeus and paula broadwell were indicative of an extramarital affair. nbc news tried but unable to reach paula broadwell for comment. in his resignation letter, the retired four star general, showed extremely poor judgment by e
of biographer paula broadwell, the woman government officials say petraeus acknowledged having an affair with. a senior law enforcement official says the search was consensual, not a raid. meanwhile, they said petraeus had hoped to survive the scandal but he was told to resign by james clapper. andrea mitchell broke the petraeus story. she has more on the e-mail and the growing demand for answers on capital hill. >> reporter: we learned what was in the anonymous harassing e-mails from jill kelly whose volunteer work for military families brought her and her husband into contact with the petraeus's and other generals. it was her call for help to the fbi that kicked off the investigation. >> the e-mails accused kelly of improper socializing with generals. they also had references to the comings and goings of general petraeus that weren't public. >> reporter: kelly's brother says his sister was a victim. >> my sister, number one, is a mother. she has three kids. she's extremely dedicated to those kids. she's a wife and she's been extremely dedicated to her husband. >> reporter: who would have ac
of the modern era. he resigned on friday, admitting to an affair. he was immediately linked to paula broadwell, like petraeus, she went to west point, an academic and a veteran who wrote a biography of petraeus. we know about the affair because of jill kelley, she alerted the fbi, said she was getting anonymous harassing e-mails, turns out they were from broadwell. kelley dealt with a lot of generals both in the military and socially in tampa. overnight we learned another four-star general is involved. our current commander in afghanistan, he took over when petraeus left, marine corps general john allen. now being investigated for what officials describe as potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley of tampa. both of them deny any untoward relationship. and there's one more thing, the fbi is reviewing the conduct of the first agent who investigated jill kelley's e-mails in the first place, because he allegedly sent shirtless photos to jill kelley. in plain english, this is a mess. it's complicated, and with hearings and investigations yet to come, this can only get larger from here. we
to the fbi about harassing e-mails she got from the former cia director's mistress paula broadwell. officials say the relationship spans a two-year period. a man close to allen saying he didn't find out about this probe until last night. as of this morning, the general denies any wrongdoing and plans to return to his job in afghanistan as the investigation goes on. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> the fbi's investigation brought agents to paula broadwell's charlotte home. they searched her house for several hours late last night. agents left with boxes of what appear to be documents or paperwork, but they aren't saying what they found. meanwhile, broadwell's co-author says he's shocked by the news of their affair, but he did have questions about their relationship. >> what was a question in my mind, quite frankly, was why general petraeus was granting paula broadwell the kind of access he granted her. >> the fbi says it is putting together a timeline of its investigation to explain to members of congress why they were kept out of the loop until recently. >>> president obama may be wo
of this scandal, right here in northwest d.c. video has emerged that paula broadwell, inside her brother's home just down the block here, riding out the storm that widens by the day. >>> a man who appeared to be paula broadwell's brother emerged from the rear of the stately home tonight but said nothing. broadwell hasn't spoken publicly since word of her affair with c.i.a. director procmpb prompte resign last week. allen's name, now also linked to tampa socialite jill kelly, the woman who told the f.b.i. about threatening e-mailstraced to pa biographer. the f.b.i. stumbled onto what was called potentially inappropriate. so did allen and his wife from their time in tampa. officials characterized some of the e-mails as flirtatious. but general allen, through his spokesman, has strongly denied that the two were having an affair. >> the president has put on hold general allegation pending the investigation of general allen's conduct by the department of defense. >> kelly's relationship with both generals came into play with the bitter child custody case that played out in d.c. both men writing lett
with an fbi investigation of harassing e-mails from petraeus' biographer paula broadwell. those e-mails were sent to 37-year-old joe kelly, a state department liaison and friend of general petraeus. sources say the fbi stumbled onto the affair between petraeus and broadwell during that investigation and according to a former petraeus staffer who spoke to the general today, the affair began after he became cia director and ended about four months ago. brian moore is covering this developing story tonight from capitol hill. >> reporter: as president obama saluted vets transin arlington investigation cemetery. >> to thank you, to honor you. >> reporter: washington was consumed with the thought of one of the nation's most celebrated military heroes, cia director and former general david petraeus stepped down over an extramarital affair. >> it was like a lightning bolt. >> reporter: nbc news reports personal e-mails between petraeus and biographer paula broadwell came to light after an anonymous maims were sent to another woman who worked for the state department. >> mrs. broadwell sent these thr
petraeus. it all began with his having an affair with paula broadwell. investigators say she sent threatening e-mails to jill kelley, a petraeus family friend. now the pentagon is looking into thousands of e-mails between kelley and general john allen. live on capitol hill with more on another twist. how shirtless photos from an fbi agent are now playing into this scandal. steve? >> put that one last, jim. since it is but clearly the least important. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, is not over there tonight. coincidencely, he is here in washington for hearings that had been scheduled tomorrow on what allen still hopes will be his next job. he is just in time for his reputation to be called into question. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, was on track to be nato commander until disclosure that he is under investigation by the pentagon. jill kelley, a socialite in tampa and general allen allegedly exchanged e-mails and documents suspected of being inappropriate. through a spokesman today, allen insisted there was no affair. kelley is the one whose
you video from charlotte. this is outside paul paula broadwell's home. f.b.i. agents went into the hois as part of a consensual search ashe f.b.i. wraps up its investigation. while broadwell hasn't been seen since the scandal broke last week, others closely connected to the story are now talking. >> i was dumbfounded when i heard about the affair. >> reporter: breaking his silence tonight. >> what was a question in my mind, quite frankly, was why general petraus was granting paula broadwell the kind of access he fwranted her. >> reporter: it was concerned brought to the f.b.i. by this woman that helped bring down the cia director. a family friend and social liaison, kelly was said to be alarmed by anonymous e-mails. the first referred to kelly socializing with other generals in tampa. behavior the writer suggested was inappropriate and should stop. by june, kelly went to the f.b.i. with multiple anonymous e-mails that she felt were pe nasing. the f.b.i. began a cyber stalking case methodically tracing the e-mails to a pattern. >> the e-mails also had references to the comi
after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer paula broadwell. multiple sources have revealed the identity of a woman who received harassing e-mails from broadwell and whose complaints to the fbi led to the investigation which uncovered the affair. and there's a growing chorus of questions from lawmakers about exactly when the affair came to light, who in washington was told about it, and when they were told. nbc's kristen walker has the latest on the controversy. >> reporter: according to a senior federal official and close friend of david petraeus, 37-year-old jill kelly complained to fbi agents about being harassed by paula broadwell, david petraeus's biographer. a senior u.s. military official says jill kelly is involved in wounded warrior fundraisering in tampa, is married, she and her husband are close family official friends. officials say petraeus's down fall began when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving intimidating e-mails from broadwell. those e-mails led to the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative o
. people have spotted paula broadwell inside her brother's home inside washington, d.c. a man who appeared to be her brother, attorney steven krantz, left that home. he did not say a word. someone found paula broadwell's driver's license in rock creek park on monday. this morning house leaders will get a better sense of what led to petraeus' resignation. yesterday the acting cia director updated dianne feinstein and the ranking republican saxby chambliss. they'll look into whether the affair caused a security breach. meanwhile, the pentagon standing by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general george allen, also involved in the scandal. his nomination to head european command is on hold, but leon panetta says he's fully confident allen can lead. >>> this morning obama will likely be asked to comment on the petraeus scandal. that conference begins at 1:30. house minority leader nancy pelosi also holding a press conference today. the califoia law maker expected to announce whether she will run again to lead democrats in the minority. he was speaker of the house from 2006 to 2010. maryla
to the disclosure, officials say, of an affair between david petraeus, the director of cia, and paula broadwell. the author of those e-mails. in getting access to the e-mail accounts of both women, the fbi officials say there were e-mail discovered between general allen and jill kelley. now they've been described as inappropriate although general allen's people say that that is a wild mischaracterization. that he occasionally referred to her as sweetheart but it was affectionate. that they were family friends and there was nothing untoward. there is a second element to all this. the pentagon in disclosing all this this morning that there were 20,000 to 30,000 pages, but again, associates of general allen say that that is printouts that often include multiple copies of the same e-mail. that they did a new printout every time there was a new e-mail in the chain which greatly they say exaggerates the number of e-mails. there is one other element here. general allen was to have a confirmation hearing to be the commander of the u.s. mission to nato. that is on hold now. >> this whole story. there ar
threatening e-mails. the fbi traced it to paula broadwell, and discovered she and petraeus had had an afir. a former spokesman for petraeus said this of the relationship. >> the affair started approximately two months after he was in the cia and ended about four months ago. >> reporter: according to officials, the fbi didn't report the incident to petraeus' boss or congress or the president. until concluding its investigation last week. the president accepted petraeus' resignation friday. >> it is very puzzling, and i think was a mistake, because this thing just came so fast and so hard. and since then, it's been like peeling an onion. >> reporter: the national security expert is defending the fbi. >> once the fbi concluded there was no national security breach by the cia director, there was really nothing there. >> reporter: he said he's more concerned about what happens next. as congress investigates the attack in benghazi, libya, now without temperature from petraeus. mike more rel will testify later this week. the congress says at some point they will likely call on the former four-sta
by petraeus's biography, paula broadwell. tonight nbc has learned who the fbi believes was on the receiving end of those e-mails. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has been working the story. she joins us now with the latest developments. kristen? >> reporter: lester, good evening. according to multiple government officials, the woman who made the initial complaint to the fbi is a close family friend of general petraeus, and there is no indication of anything more. now, the details are still murky, and lawmakers are demanding more answers. ♪ >> reporter: according to a senior federal official and close friend of david petraeus, 37-year-old jill kelly complained to fbi agents about being harassed by paula broadwell, david petraeus's biography. a senior u.s. military official says jill kelly is involved in wounded warrior fund-raising in tampa, is married, she and her husband are close family friends. officials say petraeus's downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving intimidated e-mails from broadwell. law enforcement and multiple u.s. official
david petraeus' mistress. why paula broadwell is here in the district this morning. good morning, everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome this wednesday, november 14th, 2012. it is 5:00 a.m. 38 degrees out there. hope you didn't put your coat away in that closet. after some warm days, it is back to cold, cold, cold. >> storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here to tell us about it. >> warm your hands by the glow of eun's red dress. looks like a nice warming trend here at least in the studio. but not outside. >>> oh, when you step outside, it is cold. it is mostly clear. we've got temperatures around the region under this clear sky at or below freezing. all these areas in blue are below freezing. and that includes just about all of virginia, all of maryland, and even out in some of the highlands of west virginia. that little patch of lavender is in the upper teens there around canaan valley towards elkins, west virginia, at 29 degrees. reagan national, on the warmer waters of the potomac, it's at 36 and also a bit warmer around the bay, where temperatures a
to general allen from what now authorities say was paula broadwell saying wat out for jill kelley. according to the sources, general allen sends it to jill kelley and said i guess this is from you, its 'joke, and she says no. the sources say what concerned the fbi was not merely that somebody was getting unwelcome e-mails, but that the e-mails referred to the travel schedules of several of the generals in tampa, including general petraeus. and she was saying, is somebody cyber hacking, spying on me, knowing this information they shouldn't know. >> in line with that, so far investigators say they have not found anything that threatens national security. any change in that? >> no, that's exactly what the president said today. he was given several chances today to be critical of the fbi for not telling him about the investigation. the most he would say, as steve just reported is, that he was withholding judgment. then he also said he has confidence in the fbi and said, you know, if i was informed, then you would be asking me questions about why i was meddling in an fbi investigation. >> can't w
paula broadwell who came to the attention of investigators leading to the unexpected discovery. law enforcement and multiple u.s. officials tell nbc news e-mails between general petraeus and broadwell indicated an extramarital affair. this on the heels of the presidential election, bound to raise lots of questions. we have two reports starting with nbc's andrea mitchell who andrea, good evening. >> good evening. the scandal that's shaken the national intelligence world began with a complaint to the fbi that didn't even mention david petraeus and didn't reach the white house until after the election. general d from the highest levels of government service after acknowledging what he called unacceptable behavior. an extramarital affair exposed by a cascading series of events sources say started with a seemingly unrelated complaint to the fbi. triggered by e-mails from petraeus's biographer paula broadwell to another woman not related to petraeus who felt she was being harassed and complained to!.e the fbi. officials say in recent weeks the fbi traced the e-mails to broadwell and stum
on how the anonymous e-mails that paula broadwell sent to a tampa woman, who knew two four-star generals, david petraeus, and john allen, set off a chain of events, even as the president spoke for the first time about the scandal at his news conference, the president went out of his way to praise petraeus. >> he has provided this country an extraordinary service. we are safer because of the work that david petraeus has done. >> reporter: as paula broadwell remained in washington and staying with her brother and still not talking, officials say the investigation was triggered in may, when general john allen received an e-mail called "kelley patrol." sources say they warned the general to stay ay from her, that she could ruin them, e-mails that were forwarded to her on the account she shares with her husband, scott, thinking she sent it at a joke kelley said she told general allen she had not sent the e-mail but was concerned she was stalked or she never realized the impact the e-mails would have. the people close to the kelleys say jill kelley never had an affair with general allen, and t
schedule? the fbi says that the trail led to the biographer, paula broadwell, seen here on a mission in 2010. in afghanistan a military reservist and fellow west point graduate, broadwell attended the general's confirmation hearing for the cia according to petraeus's account to friends, a few months later their affair began and lasted for ten months. broadwell often talked about her security clearances and recently about the benghazi attack, seeming to cite inside information. >> now, i don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the cia had actually taken a couple of libya militia members prisoner, and they think the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get the prisoners back. >> do you have any information on that? >> no, my staff was told about that, they were told this is not correct, we'll see. i mean, this is something we need to check out and check out carefully, and we will. >> reporter: feinstein will chair a senate inquiry into benghazi later this week. she wants to know what was learned by the senate chief there shortly before he resign. >> we have asked to see t
to be head of military now on hold. tampa socialite jill kelley and petraeus biographer paula broadwell with whom petraeus had a relationship. >> thank you for all that you have done for me and for our precious daughters. >> reporter: marine general john allen is married with a sterling record, but on a flight to australia monday aides to defense secretary leon panetta disclosed a dramatic turn in the case involving allen's predecessor in afghanistan, david petraeus. fbi investigators you be covered what the pentagon called potentially inappropriate communications between general allen and jill kelley whom he and his wife had gotten to know in tampa. they were reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents, including e-mails over two years. the fbi said some were flirtatious, but the general strongly denies any misconduct, and the fbi found no wrongdoing. still, jay johnson, the pentagon's general counsel, saw a number. e-mails before advising secretary panetta to remember the matter to the department's inspector general for further investigation. >> no one should leap to any co
was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the latest on this developing story, the "washington post's" bob woodward and our own chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell who broke the story as i mentioned on friday. so andrea, here we are on sunday morning, new details. we know there was someone close to petraeus who got threatening e-mails. a whistleblor. she goes to the fbi. and that's how they get to the affair. >> this other woman, and we know she's not in the government and that she's not a family member, complained to the fbi about what she felt were harass k and threatening e-mails. it was that investigation that led -- they were anonymous e-mails. that led to broadwell's e-mail account. and by examining broadwell's, paula broadwell the biographer's e-mail account that's they uncovered or stumbled as they put it into this -- >> there were actually explicit e-mails between broadwell and petraeus. >> or some indication in those e-mails of an ongoing relationship. th
's e-mail account. and by examining broadwell's, paula broadwell the biographer's e-mail account that's they uncovered or stumbled as they put it into this -- >> there were actually explicit e-mails between broadwell and petraeus. >> or some indication in those e-mails of an ongoing relationship. that's according to fbi officials and other officials with whom we've spoken. it was that -- and we should stress, there was never an investigation into petraeus. and they have pretty much shut down any idea that there was any kind of security or national security leaks. so this is not a criminal matter. and it would have rested there had not, and this is what is new in the last 24 hours, had not it come to the attention from an fbi whistleblower to a member of congress, who then reported to eric cantor, the republican leader, who then said to the fbi, you have to take this further. they were not at that stage going to the white house with it. and there are a lot of questions raised, why did it first come to the attention of the head of national intelligence on tuesday at 5:00 on election day
it traced those e-mails to this woman, paula broadwell, a married west point graduate and biographer of david petraeus. >> keep with us. that led to the eventual discovery of a romantic relationship bween broadwell and general petraeus, and now general john allen is involved over his correspondence with the original woman, jill kelley. all sounds a little confusing, it is. let's get right to nbc's andrea mitchell who can help us sort it out. andrea, good morning to you. >> reporter: i'll try to do that. yet another military general drawn into an fbi investigation that prompted the resignation of cia director david petraeus. marine general john allen replaced david petraeus as commander in afghanistan last year, but allen has now been caught up in the fbi probe that led to petraeus' resignation as cia director. overnight the pentagon announced allen's nomination to be commander of nato has been delayed and the nomination of his successor in afghanistan speeded up. after military officials announced that 20,000 to 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate e-mails connected allen to jil
kelley of tampa florida, is telling associates that he received an e-mail traced back to paula broadwell, the petraeus biographer. the broadwell e-mail was written under the pseudonym kelley patrol. it described kelley as a, quote, is he duct tres, and warned the general of becoming involved with her. the journal reports that kelley tried to get the fbi to drop the investigation that began with kelley's complaint with harassing e-mails traced back to broadwell. people familiar with the case tell the journal that she became worried about personal information being provided to investigators. meanwhile, the washington post quotes senior law enforcement officials saying the search conducted at broadwell's home monday night marks an interest in how she became interested in classified files. kelley said she had state department status that owe sfigs alls say she did not have. news crews, including nbc, staked out her home. at one point she invoked diplomatic ivileges. >> i am an honorary consul general so i have inviolability. they shouldn't be able to get into my property. i don't know if you
. agents searched paula broadwell's home last night. they left with what appeared to be documents and paperwork. broadwell co-authored petraeus' biography. both of them admitted to having an affair that led to petraeus' resignation as head of the cia last week. and petraeus' friends and former colleagues saye was shocked to learn the fbi was looking into allegations broadwell sent threatening e-mails to another woman. the retired general insists his relationship with that woman was platonic even though broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival. meanwhile, the chair of the senate intelligence committee says she still plans to call petraeus to testify about the deadly attacks on the embassy in benghazi. they'll likely question him in a closed session. general petraeus was supposed to testify before the senate this week. >>> lawmakers will try to reach a deal on a spending plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. they must reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts. economists fear that could plunge our economy into a
. >> reporter: as paula broadwell remained in washington staying with her brother and still not talking, officials say the investigation was triggered in may when general john allen received an e-mail from an account called kelley patrol. sources close to kelly say it warned the general to stay away from her, that she could ruin him. general allen says people close to jill kelley forwarded it to her on the account she shares with her husband scott thinking she sent it as a joke. sources close to kelley said she had told general allen she had not sent it but was concerned she was being stalked or electronically hacked because it referred to a meeting they had scheduled in washington the following week. in june she and her husband received as many as four different e-mails from different accounts telling jill she's up to no good and asking her husband, do you know what your wife is up to when she has dinner with general petraeus. she turned over all of her e-mails to an fbi agent she knew never realizing the i will pact they would have. jill kelley never had an affair with general allen.
. petraeus' mistress, author paula broadwell, was sending liaison at an air force unpaid base in tampa. that woman is reported as jill kelley. she reportedly went to the fbi when she received the threatening message, and that is whatriggered the bureau's investigation. >> mrs. broadwell sent these threatening e-mails to her, and she was frightened, and she went to the fbi. oh, i can't believe it, but that's what it is. >> one of petraeus' former associates says petraeus and his wife were longtime friends of kelley and her husband. he says petraeus and kelley did not have an affair. >> petraeus won't testify before congress this week about the attack on the u.s. consulate benghazi libya. acting cia director will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, who's the chair of the committee, may call on him later to testify. she says his resignation has nothing to do with the attack on benghazi. >>> the president will meet with members of the business community before sitting down with congressional leaders on friday. the president wants to build a consensus for his approach to avoiding the
and shawn joys met privately yesterday. one federal agent says paula broadwell sent e-mails to several high-ranking military officers in an attempt in undermine jill kelley's reputation. the scandal has caught both privileges. >>> the prospect of the fiscal cliff now and the potential that congress may not avoid going over it is sending wall street into a tailspin. the dow posted its third triple digit loss in a little more than a week yesterday, closing down. both ended the day at their lowest day since the summer. nasdaq is down 10% from september. investigators say they are worried that the president's reelection could mean continued grid lock on capitol hill in the face of the fiscal cliff. >>> mitt romney is blaming his election day loss on, quote, gifts that president obama promised to give minority voters. he made those in a conference call to top donors. he said a dream act for undocumented immigrants and contraceptive coverage helped drive blacks, hispanics and women to the polls. he believes his team ran a superb campaign and focused on big issues that affected the whole country.
that led to his downfall -- dinner tonight for some in the media was actually on paula broadwell's brother. >> pizza on the menu in mt. pleasant tonight where general david petraeus' former mistress seen inside remains holed up tonight. they've suspended her security clearance but her brother is feeling generous. treating the media camped outside his home to dinner. also stripped of unfettered access she once enjoyed at mack dill air force, the anonymous e-mail warnings to stop socializing with generals including david petraeus. officials say an e-mail from broadwell to petraeus' successor, general john allen triggered the investigation. general allen apparently forwarding to kelley last may what he thought was a joke e-mail from an account called kelley patrol. sources close to kelley say it warned the general to stay away from her, that she would ruin him. kelley then went to the fbi. thousands of e-mails between general allen and the married socially a son kelley are said to be under scrutiny with enough inappropriate language to warrant an inspector general investigation. after orderin
general petraeus and who was later identified as paula broadwell, the woman with whom he says he was having an affair. she was embedded with him in afghanistan. it was a writer doing a biography on him. general petraeus not under investigation, but this was uncovered in the process of investigating broadwell's e-mails, his mistresses e-mails, and also there are no criminal charges here for petraeus, even though he was head of the cia. apparently, he is not facing criminal charges from the fbi, but they are here on capitol hill wondering if he may testify about his own investigation into the deadly attacks in benghazi. >> there are videos and tapes and pictures and things that can be shown. so it's -- it is not going away. >> there were five attacks during the year. one prior attack on the consulate itself. the question i have is why wasn't something done about it? >> no comment from petraeus or broadwell since all of this broke. jill kelley, the woman who started the fbi investigation, says we respect him and his family's privacy, we want the same for us and our three children. >
to paula broadwell and revealed the affair between the two. there were concerns that some of those e-mails contained information about the schedules of several high-level generals. that sparked concern that someone with access to sensitive or classified information was stalking kelly. senate intelligence committee woman said the information should have been shared. >> so it is very puzzling, and i think was a mistake, because this thing just came so fast and so hard. and since then, it's been like peeling an onion. every day another peel comes off and you see a whole new dimension to this. so my concern has actually escalated over the last few days. >> the source says kelley had never met broadwell and had no idea who she was. the source also tells nbc news that kelley is purely a social friend of the petraeus family. that's what we know from here. live in the newsroom, keith russell, news4. >>> eleanor holmes norton spent the day trying to make certain that when the military displays the flag of the 50 states. tom sherwood is here with more on the attempts to right a small but symbo
paula broadwell who was reportedly having an affair with david petraeus, which led to his resignation. the testimony regarding the deadly bombing attack on the embassy in benghazi, libya, will go on withouteneral petraeus. senator dianne feinstein says she still expects petraeus to testify about the attacks even if it doesn't come today. congressional leaders say it's important for petraeus to testify because he visited libya shortly after the attack. >> the petraeus scandal will likely come up this afternoon as the president holds his first news conference since the election. president obama will also meet with business leaders to avoid the economic disaster. he sat down yesterday with labor leaders to get their input. the president will meet with congressional leaders to discuss the fiscal cliff on friday. and we'll carry the president's news conference this afternoon live at 1:30. >>> congress looks for answers into the deadly meningitis outbreak. lead erds from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify at today's hearing in front of the house energ
' biographer paula broadwell. agents later discovered broadwell and petraeus were having an affair. eric cantor's spokesperson says the congressman knew about the relationship late last month, but president obama apparently didn't know about it until last thursday, when petraeus offered his resignation. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> seems it's gone on for several months, and now it appears they're saying the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up. >> jill kelley and her husband released a statement last night asking for privacy right now. congress may still eventually call petraeus to answer questions about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, even though he's no longer head of the cia. petraeus was supposed to testify this week in front of the senate intelligence committee. acting cia director mike morrell will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, the committee's chairwoman, insists the resignation has nothing to do with the attac
will continue to lead u.s. forces in afghanistan. >>> the fbi's investigation moved to paula broadwell's home in charlotte. they searched her home several hours late last night. agents left with boxes of documents and paperwork. they are not saying what they found. she's the co-author of the biography of david petraeus. he did have questions about their relationship. >> but, what was a question in my mind, quite frankly was why general petraeus was granting paula broadwell the kind of access he granted her. >> the fbi is putting together a time line of the investigation to explain to members of congress why they were kept out of the loop until resently. >>> closing 20 d.c. public schools. a few minutes ago, they wrapped up a news conference. tony tull is live at d.c. public school headquarters in northeast. can you tell us what's going on there? hi. >> reporter: yeah, that news conference is still going on now. kaya henderson is taking time to explain her plan. as you said, it's going to be 20 of them across six wards. one of the things she talked about, though she's closing schools, she is c
at the military base in florida. the general insists he's friends with kelley, but paula broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival. the fbi is keeping quiet of a search of broadwell's home. agents searched her home for five hours last night. they left with several boxes. broadwell's relationship with petraeus first came to light when the fbi began investigating jill kelley's claims that broadwell had sent her threatening e-mails. and the fbi is putting together a time line of the investigation to explain to members of congress why they were kept out of the loop until recently. they didn't know about the probe until last tuesday even though it had been going on for months. senate intelligence chair dianne feinstein said she learned about it from the media last week. meantime, she says petraeus will still testify before the committee about last month's deadly attack on the embassy in libya. petraeus was supposed to testify about benghazi this week. >>> a deadly night in northeast washington has four people in the hospital. it stems from a triple stabbing and a shooting just three miles apart
with the resignation of general the t david petraeus. e-mails between him and paula broadwe broadwell, his biographer, were indicative of an extramarital affair. this is as petraeus' former spokesperson is speaking out granting his only television interview to nbc's chrkristen welker. she is in our washington bureau. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. i end viewed steven broil. petraeus was in the comeback forces in iraq. he says he is stunned about the news of his former boss. new details are emerging about how this all came to light. according to multiple sources the down fall of general david petraeus all started with a seemingly unrelated complaint to the fbi. officials say it was triggered by e-mails from petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell, to another woman not related to petraeus who felt she was being harassed and complained to the fbi. officials say in recent weeks the fbi traced the e-mails to broadwell and only stumbled on the relationship with tpetraeus as a result. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> reporter: now petraeus' former spokesperson steven bo
the letters to paula broadwell and then officials stumbled on others that indicated a relationship between broadwell and petraeus. key members of congress are asking why the fbi did not number them or the president sooner. >> we received no advance notice. it was like a lightning bolt. i mean, this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> reporter: officials say the president first learned of the investigation involving his cia director thursday. the intelligence chair's, feinstein and house republican mike rogers were not informed until friday, the day the president accepted petraeus' resignation but house majority leader eric cantor had known for more than a leak, tipped over, officials say, by a disgruntled fbi investigator who alerted republican staff members. >> obviously this was a matter involving a potential compromise of security, and the president should have been told about it at the earliest date. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say the fbi could not inform anyone until they completed their investigation. that
know paula broadwell as well. i was surprised about dave petraeus himself, personally, but i'm not surprised when we put a human being out in the war zone for six and a half years, subjecting him to enormous pressures, had a bout with cancer, and we're willing to lose an effective general because of consenting behavior with another adult. if we did that to eisenhower, he would have been fired and the war would have lasted longer. so our standards have changed. somehow we care more about personal moral lapses than we do about having effective leaders. and that worries me. >> but is a moral lapse more of a concern when you're dealing with the intelligence community than with the military community? >> my opinion is that paula broadwell looked at his gmail and yahoo account, but knocking around afghanistan, reporters hear a lot of classified information too. if they will start charging people for access to classified information, you have to put most of the national security staff for the new yorkimes and the washington post in jail. >> what can you tell us about paula broadwell
by paula broadwell, petraeus' biographer. petraeus' downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving e-mails from broadwell. multiple officials tell nbc news the e-mails led to the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative of an extramarital affair. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> petraeus' former spokesperson and served with him in iraq and spoke tine petraeus twice this weekend and said his former boss is remorseful. >> in his word he screwed up. >> reporter: senior law enforcement official told nbc news that fbi officials interviewed petraeus. today members of congress are asking why the fbi did not inform them or the president sooner. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> this comes as we are learning more about the days leading up to petraeus' resignation. house majority leader, eric cantor said he was tipped off about the situation, however the president first learned about the incident on thursday. the day petraeus offered his resignation.
to further his relationship with paula broadwell. they were last seen together at a dinner in washington on october 27th. officials say the cia has been told by the fbi there is no indication that petraeus used classified material. but the investigation is continuing, this is new information coming out about frederick humphries, the fbi agent that led the investigation. that led to petraeus's resignation hat he is a 16-year veteran, he played a major role in stopping the plot to blow up l.a.x. humphries got to know jill kelley in humphries got to know jill kelley in tampa, and she turned to him when she received anonymous e-mails last spring, the e-mails they found alarming. today, there was a picture he sent, telling the seattle times it was a joke. he was posing with target dummies after s.w.a.t. practice. it was humphries that told david reichert about an old friend, he alerted him almost two weeks before the president was told. >> the information sent to me sounded as if there was a potential for a national security vulnerability. >> reporter: today, eric holder was asked why he didn
being breached in the other camp. >> reporter: meanwhile, paula broadwell remained at her brother's home in washington on wednesday still not talking. but officials a i the investigation was triggered in may when general john allen received an e-mail from an account called kelley patrol. it warned the general to stay away from kelley. general allen forwarded it to her. on the account she shares with her husband scott thinking kelley had sent it as a joke. sources closest to kelley told the general she hadn't sent it but was concerned she was being stalked because the e-mail referred to a meeting that she and general allen scheduled in washington the next week. in june, people close to kelley say she and her husband received as many as four similar e-mails from different accounts telling jill she's up to no good and asking her husband, do you know what your wife is up to when she has dinner with general petraeus? she turned all the e-mails including general allen's over to a veteran f agent she knew. eventually investigators say all the anonymous e-mails were tracked back to paula broadwe
emays from petraeus biographer paula broadwell. agents later discored the affair. the spokesman says it is congressman knew about this relationship late last month but president obama apparently didn't know about it until last thursday when petraeus offered his resignation. >> this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. >> seems as it's going on for several months. now it appears that the fbi didn't realize it until election day, general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add u. >> jim kelly and her husband released a statement last night asking for privacy right now. >>> congress may still eventually call petraeus to answer questions about the deadly attack in benghazi, libya. even though he's no longer head of the cia. petraeus was su pd to testify this week before the senate intelligence committee. acting cia director mike morrell will take his place. senator dianne feinstein who's the committee's chairwoman, insists petraeus resignation had nothing to do with the attack. >>> armstrong has cut ties with his charity li
straight day. paula broadwell september e-mail toss several high-ranking military officers in an attempt to undermine tampa socialite's reputation. she is friends with petraeus and it cost both some privileges. the military suspended the u.s. army security clearance and kelley's air force base pass. >>> the edge of the fiscal cliff is still a month and a half away but it is already spooking investigators on wall street. the dow posted its third triple digit loss in more than a week closing down 185 points. both it and the s&p 500 ended at the lowest levels since the summer. the nasdaq is down 10% from just september. investors say the fear of grid lock on capitol hill is driving this tailspin. president obama, though, says there is room for agreement. >>> as i've said before, i'm open to compromise and i'm open to new ideas. and i've been encouraged to hear republican after republican agree on the need for more revenue from the wealthiest americans as part of our a arithmetic if we're serious about reducing the deficit. >> the president did say he would not accept continued tax cuts for
traced those e-mails to petraeus' biographer paula broadwell. and in the process discovered she and petraeus had had an affair. a former spokesman for petraeus said this of the relationship. >> the affair started approximately two months after he was in the cia and ended about four months ago. >> reporter: according to officials, the fbi didn't report the incident to petraeus' boss or congress or the president. until concluding its investigation last week. the president accepted petraeus' resignation friday. >> it's very puzzling. and i think was a mistake, because this thing just came so fast and so hard, and since then it's been like peeling an onion. >> reporter: roger is defending the fbi. >> but once the fbi concluded there was no national security breach by the cia director, there was really nothing there. >> reporter: he said he's more concerned about what happens next. as congress investigates the attack in benghazi, libya, as with now without testimony from petraeus. acting cia director mike morerel will testify in petraeus' place this week. the congress said at some po
off on investigation that led to the discovery of an affair between petraeus and paula broadwell. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> look at that sky out there right now. sunshine. but it's cold out there. >> what a difference a day makes. storm team 4 meteorologist, tom kierein with the first 4 forecast. >> hey, tom. >> it's been cold. the picture is deceiving. we saw the blue waters of the potomac under the blue sky. we have been stone cold thanks to the high pressure over the region since yesterday. we have clouds off to the west. they are streaming in from the north off the great lakes down into the shenandoah valley and the highlands. east of there, it's bright and sunny. temperatures right now are just now beginning to climb into the mid-40s. we were holding steady, ne freezing for several hours from 4:00 this morning to 9:00. now, we are in the low to mid-40s. much of the region, not going to warm up. maybe another five degrees. that's it. that is way below the average high this time of year, which is 59. how much longer is the chill going to last? what about the coas
-mails led the fbi to paula broadwell and the affair between broadwell and general david petraeus. unlike petraeus who has admitted infidelity and resign as director of the cia, allen got a vote of confidence today from president obama. >> he has faith in general allen. he believes he is doing and has done an excellent job. >> reporter: the petraeus scandal has washington stunned. some are angry that the afghan war costing so many u.s. lives and dollars was hardly mentioned until this. >> now we've become obsessed with the sex life of the cia director and then the commander. it seem out of balance. >> reporter: some question the fbi's involvement. >> harassment letters between two women or any two people, involving a love triangle or whatever it was, should not rise to this level. >> reporter: others wonder why the federal probe was kept from congress and the white house. >> the fbi which knew about all of this months ago apparently told nobody about it. >> reporter: parts of the allen/kelley/broadwell case, one person so obsessed he sent kelley shirtless photos of himself and was pulled
with a seemingly unrelated complaint to the fbi. triggered by e-mails from petraeus's biography paula broadwell to another woman not related to petraeus who felt she was being harassed and complained to the fbi. officials say in recent weeks, the fbi traced the e-mails to broadwell and only stumbled on the relationship with petraeus as a result. >> it's so politically sensitive that my guess is the decision was made near or at the top level of the fbi to sit down with general petraeus and have a discussion with him and let him know that this information had been discovered. >> broadwell has not been shy about her access to petraeus, co-hosting a barbecue with jon stewart to raise money for wounded warriors. she spoke often by general petraeus. >> i was with general petraeus in afghanistan and it was a little confusing for some of the folks there because i'm also a military reservist with a top secret clearance and then some. so a lot of my former peers didn't know thousand treat me. >> according to multiple sources, the investigation into broadwell's e-mails came to a hud on tuesday, election d
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